A TEENAGER with ambitions of running her own touring theatre company is set to produce her first show at the age of just 14.
Abi Turner is putting together her Youth Performing Arts Showcase to give students from schools in 1066 Country a platform from which to show off their talents to a live audience at St Mary in the Castle on Friday, March 28.
She said: “I love performing, and think that young people are hardly ever given a chance to get onto a professional stage and show an audience what they are capable of. So, instead of waiting for other people to create the opportunity, I decided to make it happen myself. It has been really hard work, and I am grateful for the support I had from local schools’ performing arts departments, who helped me with auditions. I hope that the public will support my idea and buy tickets.”
Abi will be donating the profits equally between three charities – Cancer Research UK, The Oliver Curd Trust, and RSPCA cat rehoming centre Bluebell Ridge.
The event is being supported by a number of organisations and people, including 20-year-old entrepreneur Sam Lain-Rose, who started Kent’s Talent while he was at school aged 15.
He said: “It is great to see a young person with a social project, realising their aspirations and chasing them. Abi is a role model to her peers at school and to young people across East Sussex. I just hope the local community comes out to support the show and the young people performing.”
Tickets for the event are available from Hastings Information Centre on 01424 451111, with prices ranging from £5.50 to £10.